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MA Society and Culture - 2024 entry

Please note: The below is for 2024 entries. Click here for 2023 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2023
Campus Streatham Campus
Discipline Sociology

Programme Director: Dr Christopher Thorpe
Web: Enquire online 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 723192 (non-UK)

Typical offer

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2:1 Honours degree

Contextual offers


  • Our approach mirrors the wider shift within the social sciences towards the analysis of transnational and global level processes and phenomena
  • You will examine individuals’ experiences and relationship with their social and cultural environment and acquire a broad knowledge of the current debates within both sociology and anthropology
  • We’ll equip you with the analytical skills needed to engage in and across a range of empirical domains and theoretical perspectives
  • Join a truly multicultural and culturally enriching environment, comprising of students from all three disciplines in the department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology
  • You will develop a wide range of key transferrable skills that are highly valued by employers within a range of professions

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Programme Director: Dr Christopher Thorpe

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

82% of our research is internationally excellent

Based on research impact rated 4* + 3* in REF 2021, our research in Sociology, Philosophy, Anthropology and Criminology was returned to this UoA

Top 15 in UK for Philosophy

13th in The Complete University Guide 2023

Top 15 in UK for Sociology

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Entry requirements

We are looking for graduates with a 2:1 or above in sociology, anthropology, statistics, data or English. While we normally only accept applicants who meet this criterion, if your first degree is in a different discipline, you have a high 2:2 or equivalent, are coming from a different academic background which is equivalent to degree level, or have relevant work experience, we would welcome your application.

All applicants should provide a personal statement explaining their interest in the programme and how it fits with their earlier studies.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

Course content

Our MA Society and Culture captures the University of Exeter’s distinctive approach to the study of anthropology, sociology and philosophy. You will join a department that prides itself on its interdisciplinary approach to a wide range of social scientific analysis and research methods.

Our programmes have been planned, organised and are delivered in a way oriented towards tapping into and addressing points of overlap and divergence between different disciplinary perspectives. These perspectives are explored, explained and made relevant to the material covered.

The core module in social theory is concerned in the broadest sense with the distinctiveness, or not, of human life and experience in late modern society. More specifically, social theory can be understood as a series of intellectual formulations concerned to respond to a range of questions:

  • How does the structure and organisation of society shape how individuals think and (inter-)act?
  • What does it mean to say that social order is achieved and how does this occur?
  • How and in what ways are our identities and actions enabled and constrained by social structures?

We’ll introduce you to a range of central themes and issues that both classical and contemporary social theorists have addressed in their work equipping you with a broad range of conceptual tools with which to understand and research the social world.

You’ll also choose from a range of optional modules covering fields such as research methods, gender at work, arts and media, data visualisation and philosophy of science.

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.


2023/24 entry

UK fees per year:

£11,000 full-time

International fees per year:

£22,500 full-time


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Teaching and research

The department is home to a number of leading figures in the subject areas covered by our MA Society and Culture. Giving students the opportunity to be taught by and learn from some of the most esteemed and respected scholars in their respective fields.

Many of the modules offered on the MA Society and Culture are taught by members of staff who are actively engaged in research within their specialist areas. Very often, this means that students are typically taught using journal articles, monographs and textbooks, written by the course leader. Not only does this mean they have direct access to the authors whose work they are reading and engaged with, but that the opportunity to discuss the ideas and themes directly both in seminars and a range of more informal settings.

Teaching takes place over the first two terms, leaving the third for your dissertation. Research-centred teaching is at the heart of the programme. Teaching is done in small seminar groups to allow students the best possible interaction with academic staff, through individual presentations and round table discussions of common readings.

Students have the opportunity to engage in a serious piece of research into a topic of their choosing through the dissertation module. You will be assessed through coursework which will vary depending on the modules you choose and the completion of a dissertation.


Employer-valued skills

In addition to the specialist knowledge you will gain during your programme, you will also develop transferrable skills valued by employers such as: 

  • researching, analysing and assessing sources of information
  • written and verbal communication skills
  • managing and interpreting information
  • developing ideas and arguments

Career support

The College's Employability Officer works with our central Career Zone team to give you access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training, as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.